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Celtic/Scottish/Irish Deity?
« on: September 16, 2012, 11:56:13 pm »
For my first non introductory post I thought I might pick your brains about a Deity I am hitting a brick wall in giving a name to or identifying at all.

Without going into too much detail *for personal reasons* I am having a recurring dream I keep being told "I am of the Brae" and my left thumb is always being cut.
I am hoping this might strike a chord with anyone else because I have been doing my homework and nothing I am coming up with is making any sense yet.

While I am normally incredibly private about my interactions with the Gods this one has me completely and utterly stumped and I can't shake the feeling this is something I am meant to ask if not for guidance at least to give me a little shove in the right direction.

Cryptic Gods...whoda thunk it! ;)

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Re: Celtic/Scottish/Irish Deity?
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2012, 12:55:17 am »
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For my first non introductory post I thought I might pick your brains about a Deity I am hitting a brick wall in giving a name to or identifying at all.

Without going into too much detail *for personal reasons* I am having a recurring dream I keep being told "I am of the Brae" and my left thumb is always being cut.
I am hoping this might strike a chord with anyone else because I have been doing my homework and nothing I am coming up with is making any sense yet.

While I am normally incredibly private about my interactions with the Gods this one has me completely and utterly stumped and I can't shake the feeling this is something I am meant to ask if not for guidance at least to give me a little shove in the right direction.

Cryptic Gods...whoda thunk it! ;)

 
I'm a little confused by your wording, is the dream saying YOU are "of the Brae", or is it saying the deity is "of the Brae"?

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Re: Celtic/Scottish/Irish Deity?
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2012, 01:07:01 am »
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I'm a little confused by your wording, is the dream saying YOU are "of the Brae", or is it saying the deity is "of the Brae"?

 
Sorry about that I should have specified, the Deity in question says they are of the brae, very pointedly to as though if I said they were anything else it would be greatly insulting.

Any ideas?

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Re: Celtic/Scottish/Irish Deity?
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2012, 02:27:50 am »
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Sorry about that I should have specified, the Deity in question says they are of the brae, very pointedly to as though if I said they were anything else it would be greatly insulting.

Any ideas?

 
Well Brae means hillside, perhaps this is a local deity of some form trying to make contact.  Do you happen to live near a hill?

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Re: Celtic/Scottish/Irish Deity?
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2012, 04:06:37 am »
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Well Brae means hillside, perhaps this is a local deity of some form trying to make contact.  Do you happen to live near a hill?

 
As a matter of fact I live in quite a mountainous and hilly area with a few even over looking my home, what you said makes a lot of sense but being in Australia even though I am Australian I know very little and have never felt even remotely drawn to the Indigenous culture here, but it's well worth a good mulling! I hadn't considered anything local...

Thanks for the perspective Euryalus.

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Re: Celtic/Scottish/Irish Deity?
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2012, 08:17:20 am »
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As a matter of fact I live in quite a mountainous and hilly area with a few even over looking my home, what you said makes a lot of sense but being in Australia even though I am Australian I know very little and have never felt even remotely drawn to the Indigenous culture here, but it's well worth a good mulling! I hadn't considered anything local...

The deity might not be of the indigenous culture, but of the imported culture -- this is more likely, of course, if the area wasn't used much by the natives before the British colonists arrived.
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Re: Celtic/Scottish/Irish Deity?
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2012, 08:57:55 am »
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The deity might not be of the indigenous culture, but of the imported culture -- this is more likely, of course, if the area wasn't used much by the natives before the British colonists arrived.

 
Which brings me back to European deities. I haven't long lived here actually only a few months so I'm not too sure on the history. Its quite the multicultural town but I expect that's a more recent development.

*bangs head on desk repeatedly* Back to the drawing board!

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Re: Celtic/Scottish/Irish Deity?
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2012, 10:47:09 pm »
Quote from: Sway;74196
For my first non introductory post I thought I might pick your brains about a Deity I am hitting a brick wall in giving a name to or identifying at all.

Without going into too much detail *for personal reasons* I am having a recurring dream I keep being told "I am of the Brae" and my left thumb is always being cut.
I am hoping this might strike a chord with anyone else because I have been doing my homework and nothing I am coming up with is making any sense yet.

While I am normally incredibly private about my interactions with the Gods this one has me completely and utterly stumped and I can't shake the feeling this is something I am meant to ask if not for guidance at least to give me a little shove in the right direction.

Cryptic Gods...whoda thunk it! ;)


I doubt this will help much, but when I saw the word "Brae", my mind automatically associated it with the location, Skara Brae, a Neolithic settlement in the Orkney Islands, which is part of the British Isles. Good luck on your search!

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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2012, 11:28:51 pm »
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I doubt this will help much, but when I saw the word "Brae", my mind automatically associated it with the location, Skara Brae, a Neolithic settlement in the Orkney Islands, which is part of the British Isles. Good luck on your search!

When I saw "Brae," I thought of the homophonic "Plain of Bray" or "Mag Breg." That's where Tara and the Brugh na Boinne are.

Also, the left thumb reminded me of Finn MacCumhal, the head of the Fianna.
« Last Edit: September 17, 2012, 11:31:03 pm by Sharysa »
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Re: Celtic/Scottish/Irish Deity?
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2012, 06:31:39 am »
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When I saw "Brae," I thought of the homophonic "Plain of Bray" or "Mag Breg." That's where Tara and the Brugh na Boinne are.

Also, the left thumb reminded me of Finn MacCumhal, the head of the Fianna.

Up until recently I knew very little about the European Pantheons, so if nothing else this has given me a great excuse for research! Any idea is helpful at the moment so thank you for the imput :)

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I doubt this will help much, but when I saw the word "Brae", my mind automatically associated it with the location, Skara Brae, a Neolithic settlement in the Orkney Islands, which is part of the British Isles. Good luck on your search

This was actually the first thing that came up when I Googled Brea to try and get some ideas about it...at least I'm not the only one that made the connection! Thanks for bringing it up.
« Last Edit: September 18, 2012, 06:32:36 am by Sway »

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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2012, 02:04:32 pm »
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Sorry about that I should have specified, the Deity in question says they are of the brae, very pointedly to as though if I said they were anything else it would be greatly insulting.

Any ideas?

Just to clarify, how is "brae" pronounced in your dream?
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« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2012, 06:53:07 am »
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Just to clarify, how is "brae" pronounced in your dream?

 
It is pronounced bray, which is how I would have written it except the spelling brae was what i woke with in my head.

Are there other pronunciations of Brae? I am unfamiliar with any not that that means anything.

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Re: Celtic/Scottish/Irish Deity?
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2012, 12:05:46 pm »
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It is pronounced bray, which is how I would have written it except the spelling brae was what i woke with in my head.

Are there other pronunciations of Brae? I am unfamiliar with any not that that means anything.

Well Brae doesn't really mean much on it's own, bré is what means hill, and is also the name of a town in Wicklow, Anglicised as Bray.

My coven actually meets around there as it does have many hills&open spaces compared to the rest of Ireland. (they film t.v&movies around there because of it) Bré is part of Leinster, where the Laighin settled who had deities associated with the mountains&hills, as we know by their patron goddess Brighid "exalted one."

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« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2012, 02:20:26 pm »
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Well Brae doesn't really mean much on it's own, bré is what means hill, and is also the name of a town in Wicklow, Anglicised as Bray.

My coven actually meets around there as it does have many hills&open spaces compared to the rest of Ireland. (they film t.v&movies around there because of it) Bré is part of Leinster, where the Laighin settled who had deities associated with the mountains&hills, as we know by their patron goddess Brighid "exalted one."

Is there a relationship between Brighid and the word the OP heard in the dream, "brae"?  Any ideas about the specific phrasing: "I am of the brae"?

(I don't have any solid reason for asking.  Just following a hunch...)
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Re: Celtic/Scottish/Irish Deity?
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2012, 04:24:39 pm »
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Is there a relationship between Brighid and the word the OP heard in the dream, "brae"?  Any ideas about the specific phrasing: "I am of the brae"?

(I don't have any solid reason for asking.  Just following a hunch...)

Personally, I haven't seen any connection between Brighid and hills at all--her sacred areas are mainly wells.

"I am of the Brae/hills" is a very archaic phrase that could mean two things:

1) "I live in the Brae/hills." Pretty straight-forward; he might be a nature spirit associated with hills.

2) "I am one of the people of the Brae/hills." Either he's one of the Fair Folk/Aes Sidhe, who live in the sacred mounds, or he would be one of the Tuatha De Danaan as they also live in sacred mounds.
« Last Edit: September 22, 2012, 04:25:55 pm by Sharysa »
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